ARE YOU PLAYING AVERAGE IN YOUR TRADE BUSINESS?
The purpose of Start Up, Scale Up, Sell Up is straightforward: to provide you with the exact steps to build a profitable trade business by addressing the problems you’re facing — keeping up with technology, charging the right hourly rate, managing your cash flow, marketing, customer retention, and chasing debt. Written by Andy and Angela Smith, fellow trade business owners and co-founders of Lifestyle Tradie, this must-have book captures trade-specific strategies that work.
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INSIDE YOU’LL DISCOVER
- Why 90 per cent of tradies are struggling in some way
- Every tradie is a control freak (and it’s holding you back)
- Major challenges when starting up, scaling up or selling up
- Truth bombs for every tradie
- How the right business model is your key to freedom
- Five tactics to power up your profits
- Steps to transform your business without reinventing the wheel
Since 2000, Andy and Angela Smith have owned and operated a trade business. This husband-and-wife team has walked in your shoes. They’ve experienced the chaos, the crazy-long hours, the leaking money bucket, and the crippling stress. With $188,000 outstanding at one point, Andy dug his heels in, vowing to work harder and longer to solve the problem. It’s all he knew.
Even though his heart was in the right place, it was a soul-destroying situation and it took a heavy toll on the couple’s marriage. The same-old methods just weren’t working anymore. Thinking outside of the toolbox, Andy and Angela invested in their education and applied new knowledge to transform their trade business into a profitable and systemised enterprise in just 18 months.
Ultimately, Andy got off the tools. Now, it’s Andy and Ange’s mission to have a positive impact on your life and the trade industry as a whole.
TALK OF THE TOWN
With a business of over 50 staff, I needed help with systems. Lifestyle Tradie helped, not only to streamline the business and develop the systems, but to officially get ME out of my own way! Now I spend time doing ONLY what I love which is developing my team or lunching with friends. The one thing I love most about Lifestyle Tradie are the people. This community is incredibly open and supportive. Always learning!
From the start, Lifestyle Tradie’s plan for us was fantastic. It helped us to focus on the things we needed to do. Previously, we’d start one thing and not finish it. Then we’d start another thing, and not finish it. Nothing ever got done. With Lifestyle Tradie, the plan they set for us was so good. Immediately, the things we implemented in the field and the things we implemented on-the-job, increased our turnover by 300 – 400% on 80% of our jobs. It was a game-changer.
In just 3.5 years, we’re on track to turnover $5.5 million. We have 20 technicians and 17 trucks on the road in Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. We haven’t even begun yet, to be honest. Lifestyle Tradie has helped shift my mindset to be more systems orientated. It’s not about just smashing a job out, it’s about having structure around everything we do.
With the help of Andy & Ange, I went from a single job of $440 and freaking out, to over $1million dollars with a healthy profit margin in less than 3 years. At the age of 27 I’ve bought my own factory and couldn’t be happier! I took a leap of faith joining Lifestyle Tradie and I’m glad I did. Learning & implementing systems has been a game changer. I never thought business could be so fun!